Best Arrow Accessories for 2017


Gateway Feathers / Batwing Shape

Gateway feathers batwing shape
Gateway Feathers, batwing shape

While tried-and-true feathers have a long history in archery, Gateway’s (520-805-0863) quality feather fletching is anything but stodgy – the company even turned to social media for the name of its latest feather shape, designing a contest to help choose the name. The unique Batwing is available in 2-inch, 3 ½-inch and 4 ½-inch lengths in all of Gateway’s right wing solid colors. The 2-inch Batwing ($19/50-pack) is ½ inch (13 mm) tall and weighs 1.2 grains; the 3 ½-inch Batwing measures ½ inch tall (15 mm) and weighs 2.4 grains, and the 4 ½-inch Batwing is ½ inch tall (16.5 mm) and 3.15 grains. These cool new feathers are perfect for target archers and bowhunters alike.

Bohning / Heat Vane

Bohning Heat Vane
Bohning Heat Vane

Vane clearance issues? Bohning (231-229-4247) has you covered with its new lower-profile hunting vane. The Heat Vane measures 2 ½ inches in length, is .41 inches high and weighs 6 grains. Constructed from a durable, rigid material to withstand the rigors of bowhunting and long-distance shots, the Heat Vane works with any broadhead and can be used for both bowhunting and 3-D archery. The Heat Vane is available in packs of 36 ($13.75), 100 ($28.35) and 1,000 ($217.76).

Clean-Shot Archery / Nock Out Contender 300

Clean-Shot Archery Nock Out Contender 300
Clean-Shot Archery Nock Out Contender 300

Now there is a lighted nock that will work with crossbows with draw weights from 100 to 200 pounds and speeds exceeding 400 fps. Enter the Nock Out Contender 300 ($30-$33/3-pack) lighted crossbow nock from Clean-Shot Archery (800-242-9023). The practice mode on the OEM version of the design has been removed, and the nocks are shaft internal-diameter-specific (.300” ID) to set them apart from standard Clean-Shot designs. A specially formulated, proprietary polycarbonate blend has significantly increased the nock’s ability to absorb kinetic energy and withstand the forward momentum of today’s high-performance crossbows. The Nock Out Contender 300 will be included in all Mission Archery bolt three-packs.

Burt Coyote Co. / Lumenok HD Orange

Burt Coyote Co. Lumenok HD Orange
Burt Coyote Co. Lumenok HD Orange

New for 2017 from Burt Coyote (309-358-1602) is the Lumenok HD Orange. Refusing to be satisfied with the status quo, the company experimented with various component combinations to create the HD Orange, which Burt Coyote describes as the “right mix of color and brightness.” Lighted-nock fans will be excited to learn that the Lumenok HD Orange is a remarkable 30 percent brighter while still retaining the quality features that have made Lumenok a household name.

Trueflight 18 Combo Packs
Trueflight 18 Combo Packs

Trueflight / 18 combo packs

Feather fletching from Trueflight (715-543-8451) offers greater accuracy, lighter weight, higher speeds, better stability and “fold-down” forgiveness. Quality feathers from Trueflight come in more than 1,900 options. Convenient 18 Combo Packs give you six barred feathers plus 12 solid color feathers all in one convenient package.

Nockturnal X Nock
Nockturnal X Nock

Nockturnal X Nock

Available in four colors (blue, green, red and pink), the Nockturnal (800-282-4868) X Nocks ($28/3-pack) promise 20 hours of battery life, meaning if you shoot that big buck at last light, the arrow will still be glowing the following day. The nocks can go straight from the package into the shaft – no prep work is needed – and the piston-driven contact switch ensures L.E.D. illumination every time.

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